Friday, May 27, 2022

Valio and Atria are first in Finland to pilot feed additive Bovaer® by DSM

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Valio and Atria were the first in Finland to test Bovaer®, a feed additive made by the Dutch company DSM. The additive has proved to reduce methane emissions produced by cows by 30%. The additive has generated promising results in trials in Europe and North America. During the 12-week test period, 400 cows at three different Valio dairy farms received feed containing the Bovaer® additive. Bovaer® received permission to be marketed in the EU.  

The genesis and the future of the unmanned aerial vehicle industry

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When we think of drones or UAVs, we have an image which readily jumps to mind, usually of a remote-controlled quadcopter of some sort, or of some other aerial vehicle, such as the US military’s Predator or Reaper drones. The unmanned drone industry began a lot earlier than anyone expects, though - the first UAVs were actually hot air balloons, with the first balloon being demonstrated in 1783 by Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier in Annonay, France.

Data scientists leverage the digital future with open-access books

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A Curtin University team of data scientists and software developers will help take open-access books to a sophisticated digital future through a pilot project that seeks to enhance the diversity of voices from small and medium book publishers across the globe. The project has been awarded over AUD$1m by the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon  Foundation, the largest supporter of the arts and humanities in the United States.  

What does the metaverse mean for the future of the modern workplace?

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Technologists have been whispering about the metaverse for years. Now, it’s emerging, with Meta launching our vision at Connect 2021. There’s been plenty of talk on how the next iteration of the internet - an internet you can step inside - will change entertainment, gaming, and social connection. The metaverse also means profound changes for the world of work. Advances in virtual reality (VR) tech will mean more immersive and useful virtual spaces. New augmented reality and hologram technologies will mean environments that seamlessly blend the digital with the physical world around us. As more organisations adopt these tech, it will make the benefits accessible to millions of workers across various sectors around the world.

Subsea Drone to open new frontiers in ocean exploration and conservation

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Advanced Navigation, one of the world’s most ambitious innovators in AI robotics, and navigation technology, is announcing Hydrus - a revolution in underwater drone technology, developed to open exciting frontiers in ocean exploration around the world. Hydrus, a fully autonomous submersible drone, will revolutionise undersea research, survey and exploration by making data capture simple. Operational straight out of the box, ocean users of every grade will now have access to an all-in-one underwater inspection team. 

Australian SMEs team up to deliver hyperspectral microsatellites

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LatConnect 60, an Earth observation and data fusion company based in Perth, Australia, has signed an agreement to work with Gilmour Space Technologies in Queensland to build and launch the first microsatellite in a high-resolution hyperspectral imaging constellation. The smart satellites will be placed in 30-degree inclined orbits for revisit data capture over the Earth’s equatorial and mid-latitude regions. Executives from the Aussie companies announced the HyperSight 60 constellation agreement at the 37th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, an annual meeting that brings together space leaders from around the world.

Tech innovator Curiious launches plug-and-play metaverse solution

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Curiious announced the launch of its ‘plug and play’ version of its award-winning metaverse platform, enabling enterprise to engage audiences in the metaverse within hours of purchase. Curiious’ metaverse platform enables brands to host a fully-immersive, 3D online world within hours, rather than the months of building when a brand commits to a bespoke platform.

Billionaire investor backs Australian drone planting company LOTT

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After investing in PayPal and putting his financial weight behind households like Tesla, SpaceX, Twitter, Skype and Hotmail, U.S. entrepreneur Tim Draper, billionaire founder and managing partner of Draper Associates, announced his investment in Lord of the Trees (LOTT).

SES announces $450m acquisition of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions

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SES S.A. announced an agreement to acquire DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (GES), a US-based subsidiary of Leonardo DRS, for $450m. On completion of the transaction, the GES business will be combined with SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a subsidiary of SES, creating a scaled solutions provider serving the connectivity needs of the US Government.

Fooditive Sweetener: The plant-based idea that turned novelty in 2022

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Fooditive, a pioneer in developing plant-based ingredients, is gearing up for a game-changer in the industry: a Novel Food licence from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its sweetener. The Dutch company has developed from a concept to a company worth of 26 million euros in 2022 and is making significant progress.